Nothing in this schedule will be set in stone or taken for granted. The readings and activities laid out here are a beginning, something we’ll approach flexibly as the course proceeds. This is not a map, but rather a direction in which we’ll point ourselves at the outset with the goal of vigorously rewriting our work together as we go, discovering what we’ll learn together as we learn it, questioning what we’ll do even as we begin to do it.

A class is a process, an independent organism with its own goals and dynamics. It is always something more than even the most imaginative lesson plan can predict. ~ Thomas P. Kasulis

Sunday 26 July

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Getting Started

Readings

  • An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy, “Introduction
  • Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Collection, “Introduction
    Note: this is a brand new collection being published this week open-access and in print, so you are getting a special preview.

Activities

  1. Read through this post and let us know if you have any questions. Add questions to the Questions & Answers discussion thread in the forum or reach out to Sean or Jesse by e-mail.
  2. Jump into our Introductions discussion thread and meet our (rather large) cohort.
  3. Check out two short readings for today (down at the bottom of this post).
  4. Don’t miss Jesse’s keynote in the Auditorium, and be sure to sign up for his Q&A at 12:00pm EDT and/or his “fireside chat” at 6:00pm EDT

Monday 27 July

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: What is Critical Digital Pedagogy?

Join us for an optional live chat at 6:00pm EDT. Register here.

Readings

  • Urgency of Teachers: “Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Definition”
  • CDP Collection: “Critical Pedagogy: Intentions and Realities”
  • CDP Collection: “A Pedagogy of Kindness”
  • bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress, Chapter 12: Confronting Class in the Classroom
  • Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Chapter 2

Activities

Finger Exercise (moving words around): First, write for five minutes. Who do you teach? What do you know about your students? Who are they? How are they changing? What do they want from their education? What barriers do they face?

Dear Class Letter: This time you'll write for a bit longer, 10 - 12 minutes. What work do you value from your students? What will you contribute (as the teacher)? What does success look like in your class? How (as the teacher) will you know when you’ve seen it? What is the students’ collective role in constructing the course? How will you show care for your students? How will you show care for yourself?

Discussion

  • What is a learner? What is a teacher? How are these roles and definitions changing today? What are the challenges involved in the evolution of these roles and definitions? What are the benefits?
  • Share at least one sentence from your responses to the writing prompts.

Tuesday 28 July

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Learning Online (watch here for a link)

Join us for an optional live chat at 12:00pm EDT. Register here.

Readings

  • “Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had”
  • Urgency of Teachers: “Online Learning: a Manifesto”
  • More reading TBA

Activity

#digped Twitter chat at 6:00pm EDT

Discussion

TBA

Wednesday 29 July (w/ special guest Amy Collier)

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Inclusive Design and Design Justice (watch here for a link)

Join us for an optional live chat at 6:00pm EDT. Register here.

Reading

Discussion

TBA

Thursday 30 July

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Critical Edtech (watch here for a link)

Join us for an optional live chat at 12:00pm EDT. Register here.

Reading

  • CDP Collection: “Our Bodies Encoded: Algorithmic Test Proctoring in Higher Education”
  • CDP Collection: “Technology 101: What Do We Need To Know About The Future We're Creating?”
  • “Teaching Machines, or How the Automation of Education Became 'Personalized Learning'”
  • Urgency of Teachers: “A Guide to Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin”
  • “From Redlining to Digital Redlining”
  • “Digital Redlining, Access and Privacy”

Activities

  • Tool Parade (details TBA)
  • Evaluating Digital Tools (details TBA)

Discussion

Reading Response (details TBA)

Friday 31 July

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Social Justice and the Curriculum (watch here for a link)

Join us for an optional live chat at 6:00pm EDT. Register here.

Reading

  • “How to Ungrade”
  • CDP Collection: “But you can’t do that in a STEM course!”
  • Urgency of Teachers: “Learning is Not a Mechanism”
  • “Saying ‘No’ to Best Practices”

Activity

Close-reading syllabi policies, workshopping, and revising (details TBA)

Discussion

Assessment and Ungrading (details TBA)

Saturday & Sunday 1-2 August

The text here is an abridged version of the daily post, which you can find here: Taking the Work Home With You (watch here for a link)

Activity

Project time and feedback (details TBA)

Sean and Jesse available on Discourse

Reading

Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

Closing Discussion

  • What does change look like? What small steps can we take? How do we change ideas (and ideals) into action? What is the importance of activism, work, hope?
  • How do we take this work back to our institutions? What one thing can I do tomorrow?